In Maseches Kesuvos 7b we learn about the requirement of "panim chadashot" (lit: new faces) for every day of sheva brachos (codified in Even Ha'Ezer 62:7).

Could the requirement of panim chadashot be fulfilled if a previously nonpresent person were to FaceTime/ Skype etc into the couple's sheva brachos?

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    Why would you think yes? Since when does a video call create a halachic reality? – MDjava Mar 4 at 14:03
  • I think Chacham Ovadia held that seeing Kotel on kotel cam may patur one from doing kriyah if they visit the kotel within 30 days from seeing it on kotel cam,since it's a safek bracha lahakel @mdjava. Regarding sheva brachos the inyan is to be part if the simcha some say he has to eat as well, so Skype wpuld not really help for anything. – sam Mar 4 at 15:01
  • @MDjava looking at previous questions answered on here, there's a variety of yes/no answers judaism.stackexchange.com/search?q=skype – alicht Mar 4 at 15:05

The Pischei Teshuva in the quoted Shulchan Aruch EH 62,7 in the name of the Zecher LeAvraham says that the [Human] Ponim Chadasos have to be men who are present and can join a minian:

בס' זכור לאברהם שכ' אשה לא חשיבא פ"ח דאין פנים חדשות אלא למי שראוי להמנות בעשרה של ברכת חתנים כ"כ מהר"ר בצלאל פ"ק דכתובות ד' ז' ולפ"ז ה"ה עבדים וקטנים לא חשיבי פ"ח ע"ש.

Even though the Shulchan Aruch in the next Seif says that Shabbos and Yom tov are Ponim Chadashos although they are not physical, this is to do with the the extra food that we eat in respect of presence of the Shechina that Accompanies Shabbos and Yomtov, see comentaries there, but with regards to skype, it cannot replicate humans (or cause the Divine presence to dwell among ourselves).

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